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Volume41,Number23 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, February 12, 2015
Photos by Charles E. Leftwich, Jr.
On an electric evening in front of a capacity crowd, Stephen Scott and Taelor Olivia Scott represented the
Scott Family during the 2015 induction into the R J Reynolds Hall of Fame of Stuart Scott.
Local schools honor the life
of the late Stuart Scott
BY TODD LUCK
The late Stuart Scott, a longtime
ESPN personality, was inducted into
the Hall of Fame at Reynolds High
School on Friday with his family
members accepting the honor for the
The induction happened at half
time of the Reynolds versus Mt.
Tabor game at Reynolds Gymnasium.
Scott, a Chicago native who grew up
in Winston-Salem, attended ninth and
tenth grades at Mt. Tabor and gradu
ated from Reynolds. Scott's daughter,
Taelor, and brother, Stephen, took to
the court as Scott was inducted.
Taelor Scott, who is attending
Barnard College in New York, said
there has been many tributes and kind
words since her father lost his life to
cancer, including from President
Barack Obama, wfto said, "Over the
years, he entertained us, and in the
end, he inspired us - with courage
"He meant quite a lot to lots of
people," said Taelor Scott, one of
Photo by Todd Luck
One of the special Stuart Scott shirts from Friday night's game.
Scott's two daughters.
She said she knew the Reynolds
tribute would have a special place in
his heart, as she remembered fond
stories about his formative years
there, listening to old school music,
wearing knitted sweaters and playing
on the football team.
She remembers a different, pri
vate side of Scott: how funny he
could be and how he would sinj> in
the car. ^6
"It's devastating because he womi^
get to see the things I go through, and
what was amazing about having him
as a father was, he was proud of
everything 1 did," she said.
Stephen Scott, who currently lives
in Raleigh and attended Reynolds,
graduated a few years ahead of Stuart
Scott. He said Stuart was a genuine
person who uplifted those around
him. He said Scott was a tremendous
football player in high school but
when physical injuries prevented him
from playing in college, he devoted
himself to being a broadcaster.
It wasn't always an easy path.
While doing interviews at different
stations his senior year, Scott was told
by one person that he would never
make it in the industry. Stuart Scott
said his brother used that as motiva
tion to become the best he could be in
his profession. He would land a job at
WRAL in Raleigh and two other sta
tions in the South, before he began
working at ESPN in 1993.
See Scott on A2
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Members of the Winston-Salem Branch of tht
NAACP are preparing to get on the bus to participate ir
the ninth annual Historic Thousands on Jones Stree
(HKOJ) People's Assembly in Raleigh. And they art
encouraging others to join them.
This year's assembly has been dubbed the Mora
March on Raleigh. Participants are expected to convent
downtown on Saturday (Feb. 14) at 9 a.m across from tht
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium for a pre-rally befort
marching to the state Capitol at 10 a.m.
The local branch held a press conference Tuesday
Feb. 3 at Emmanuel Baptist Church to tout its support ol
the Assembly, an initiative of the N.C. NAACP.
"HKOJ is a people's assembly that is addressing oui
needs in the community. It's not just an African-Americar
agenda, but it's a human agenda. It's about human right;
and our ability to live in a community with voting rights
education, and with medical needs, poverty and hungei
taken care of. There are so many laws that ha^e preventer
that across the state," said Daphne Holmes-Johnson, a rep
resentative of the state and local branches. "To move oui
state forward these are issues that we need to address tc
continue being progressive."
An HKOJ coalition was created to fight for equa
rights across the state. The group has compiled a 14-poin
People's Agenda that denounces bills that have or will bt
introduced in Republican-led General Assembly. The si
bills deal with everything from education equality, laboi
rights and voting rights to health care and equal protec
tion. The agenda suggests alternate actions to fix sue)
See NAACP on A2
Photo by Chanel Davis
Rev. Alvin E. Carlyle, pastor of Exodus United
Baptist Church, speaks
at the press conference held by local NAACP lead
ers in the area.
Community continues discussion on race disparities
BY CHANEL DAVIS
The Institute for Dismantling Racism (IDR) wants to have candid and authentic con
versations about race and racial inequalities. That conversation began Feb. 3 in Green
Street United Methodist Church's sanctuary, where the agency held its first community
According to Re? Willard Bass, IDR executive director, the recent events in
Ferguson, Mo. and Statenls&tfgfl, N.Y. has brought about the need to have public and
open conversations aftcnit sodfel justice and what people can do to decrease these
He credited The Chronicle's Publisher Ernie Pitt and the newspaper's annual Martin
Luther Kjpg Jr. Breakfast for getting him to think about where the city, state and nation
stands on racism.
"He challenged the community to begin to have dialogue about this. I have taken him
up on that challenge and felt like it would be good for us to take this opportunity," he told
Bass said that it's not just about having a conversation with leaders in the community
See Disparities on A2
Chronicle names Rogers as new editor
BY CHANEL DAVIS
Readers will notice a
change in The Chronicle
from here on in the form of
its new editor.
Donna Rogers has been
appointed to the position of
editor. She's excited about
her new position.
"I am excited to be a
part of the Black Press. 1
have gained the knowledge
and skills to run a news
room operation, and I am
ready for the exciting days
ahead as we serve the
ty," she said.
Kevin Walker, who had
been with The Chronicle for
the past 16 years, is prepar
ing to pursue his masters out
degree. His lasi day was
Rogers, a South
Carolina native, has
been with the paper
since the end of 2014 as
the copy editor.
According to Rogers,
before coming to The
Chronicle, she worked
of South Carolina help
ing nonprofits and business
es in the area, Virginia and
Georgia with public relations
and marketing, including
producing a newsletter and
leading marketing cam
She said that she is look
ing forward to engaging the
See Rogers on A2
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